Guide on the new ERDF rule on energy and housing

The regulation 397/2009 amending the ERDF regulation provides new opportunities to support energy efficiency investmens and greater use of renewable energies in existing housing in all EU-27 Member States. CECODHAS, with the support of Ms Danuta Hübner, EC Commissioner for Regional Policy, and sponsored by Husbanken, produced an information leaflet for all relevant stakeholders.

Energy efficiency interventions in the housing sector feature prominently in Europe’s fight for climate change mitigation and for tackling the economic crisis. Households are important energy consumers and are also responsible for significant CO2 emissions; large scale interventions in this sector can promote both energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies while creating jobs, investment, know-how and competitiveness. In parallel, especially as part of an integrated approach, energy interventions in housing, as well as other energy infrastructure, can contribute to urban development, improving the quality of life of citizens and combating energy poverty and exclusion.

As part of the follow up to the European Economic Recovery Plan, the scope of eligibility under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has been extended in order to support energy efficiency interventions in housing throughout Europe. The financial enve- lope that can be allocated is up to 8 billion or 4% of the total ERDF allocation to the EU Member States. Being a European Cohesion Policy instrument, ERDF support is directed only where the need exists, where public support is necessary, and in a way supporting social cohesion. In this context, social housing could be a priority field of intervention.

The regulation 397/2009 amending the ERDF regulation provides new opportunities to support energy efficiency investmens and greater use of renewable energies in existing housing in all EU-27 Member States. CECODHAS, with the support of Ms Danuta Hübner, EC Commissioner for Regional Policy, and sponsored by Husbanken, produced an information leaflet for all relevant stakeholders.

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